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Driver regrets tweets, says she will apologise

Driver Daisy Abela, who has been at the centre of a Twitter storm over after she claimed to have “purposely run over” a cyclist, says she has spoken to the police about the incident, that she was not drunk and it was not a hit and run.

Asked to explain what had happened, Ms Abela told road.cc: “Just to clarify I have been in touch with the Metropolitan Police. This incident happened at 9am. I was not drunk and nor was it a hit and run.”

Yesterday, Ms Abela wrote on Twitter: “Just had a full on barney with a cyclist he started banging on my roof so I purposely run him over LOL see yaaaaa #c**ts”

"Trolls"

Contacted today by road.cc, Ms Abela said: “There are too many internet trolls involving themselves in this situation when it is being dealt with by the police.”

Ms Abela declined to give an account of what had actually happened, “at the moment ... I will be speaking to the police and will contact you further based on their advice.”

She and several of her friends claimed that Abela had been harassed by other Twitter users after her initial postings.

“I will be speaking to the police today in order to discuss the harassment I have been receiving and how best to resolve this situation,” she said.

Ms Abela said that her tweets about the incident, “have been placed together by internet trolls and blown way out of proportion.

“The only thing I am guilty of is writing a silly tweet, which I regret and apologise for.”

While denying that the incident was as serious as her initial tweets made it sound, Ms Abela said she did understand how bad they looked.

She said: “The tweets look ridiculous reading them back but I thought the conversation was between me and a friend who understood I was joking. I did not realise this conversation would end up public and lead to thousands of people harassing me.

“I will be making a public apology for any offence that I caused other cyclists.”

"It never happened"

Several friends of Ms Abela’s took to Twitter to defend her today, variously claiming that she had already spoken to the police, the incident was not a hit and run, the cyclist involved had not been injured and had not even been knocked off his bike.

However, initially none of those claiming to know Ms Abela were prepared to say whether they had been in the car at the time of the incident, or which police force Ms Abela had spoken to.

Then Robyne Frew took to Twitter to claim that she was in the car at the time of the incident. “She was taking me to work,” said Ms Frew. “[The cyclist] hit the wing mirror but didn't fall off and carried on riding.”

Asked if she’d seen Ms Abela deliberately hit the cyclist, Ms Frew replied, “He hit the wing mirror himself! He had his head in the passenger window.”

Several Twitter users expressed mystification at Ms Abela’s claim to have ‘purposely’ hit a cyclist.

“I'm not trying to justify what the tweet said,” replied Ms Frew. “I've read it. And it never happened.”

She explained Ms Abela’s claim to have been “definitely still drunk” as “banter between her and 1 other person.”

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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vasgko2 [23 posts] 3 years ago
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Perhaps they should give her a pension or a benefit. Clearly she is mentally challenged

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stenmeister [291 posts] 3 years ago
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Her greatest crime may be her ignorance of cycling. Hateful banter about cyclists should also be outlawed.

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bendertherobot [1145 posts] 3 years ago
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I hope, for her sake, this new version is correct. It's true that there are aggressive cyclists out there as well as idiot drivers.

Skillful mind, cycling with your head in a window, out accelerating the car and taking the wing mirror out for good measure.

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zanf [858 posts] 3 years ago
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Sounds like a lot of self pitying bullshit backtracking.

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northstar [1108 posts] 3 years ago
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Deny, deny, deny?

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ratherbeintobago [29 posts] 3 years ago
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It will be interesting if someone turns up with a broken bike and her wing mirror.

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 3 years ago
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She said: “The tweets look ridiculous reading them back but I thought the conversation was between me and a friend who understood I was joking. I did not realise this conversation would end up public and lead to thousands of people harassing me.

Really??  13

You wrote on a social media platform and didn't expect come back!?  21

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Nick T [947 posts] 3 years ago
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"Is like, all u intanet trolls, like, all getting them selfs all up in my situation get me!!1? Gonna murder you families LOL"

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Grubbythumb [61 posts] 3 years ago
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Whoooa, I'm getting a massive feeling of Deja Vu.

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NorthEastJimmy [58 posts] 3 years ago
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I actually hate this country! I'm embarrassed to be part of the cycling community and ashamed that I drive a car. We're all in a vicious circle of hatred that's never going to get resolved. When I can move abroad I will.

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eurotrash [88 posts] 3 years ago
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If she didn't actually "purposely run him over" then isn't she the troll? And she has the nerve to call those angered by her claim to have run over a cyclist "trolls". What a stupid twat.

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11speedaddict [75 posts] 3 years ago
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to NorthEastJimmy

best comment on this forum in a while
well said
angry angry people....everywhere  14

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northstar [1108 posts] 3 years ago
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eurotrash wrote:

If she didn't actually "purposely run him over" then isn't she the troll? And she has the nerve to call those angered by her claim to have run over a cyclist "trolls". What a stupid twat.

+1 no one has trolled her, she just appears to be caught out by possibly doing some stupid things.

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jijiandnoah [50 posts] 3 years ago
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Nick T wrote:

"Is like, all u intanet trolls, like, all getting them selfs all up in my situation get me!!1? Gonna murder you families LOL"

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Joshmo [11 posts] 3 years ago
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NorthEastJimmy wrote:

I actually hate this country! I'm embarrassed to be part of the cycling community and ashamed that I drive a car. We're all in a vicious circle of hatred that's never going to get resolved. When I can move abroad I will.

+1 wish everyone would just chill

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sfichele [141 posts] 3 years ago
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Interesting, is Robyne Frew a credible witness, considering she was hammered out of her mind the night before and the next day at 1.53 pm she tweets that she is still hammered.

"lol I'm still drunk it hasn't wore off yet"

https://twitter.com/RobyneBFrew_x/status/363628691227967488

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dp24 [201 posts] 3 years ago
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She got caught out and is now desperately backtracking. It'd be interesting to see if her friends would be willing to repeat these stories in a court of law.

Either way, her 'clarification' shows how remarkably dense she is. "I thought the conversation was between me and a friend". It's the social media, stupid.

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Pierre [97 posts] 3 years ago
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Has the cyclist been identified? One of the incriminating things in the Emma Way case was the cyclist's (and his team-mates') account of the incident.

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mrmo [2088 posts] 3 years ago
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according to her statement they over took a GROUP of cyclists, suggests lots of witnesses?

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Pierre [97 posts] 3 years ago
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"I did not realise this conversation would end up public" - Daisy, meet the Internet. Internet, this is Daisy.

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Mostyn [396 posts] 3 years ago
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Not nice, whatever way you look at the statement made on Twitter.

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Pitstone Peddler [104 posts] 3 years ago
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Another stupid and unknowingly dangerous little girl with absolutely zero care for others or having sense of responsibility. She should be forced to commute for 100 hours on a bike. And teens wonder why their car insurance is so high.

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virginracer [8 posts] 3 years ago
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Simple solution really, stick her on a bike, make her cycle around London, at rush hour..
Then we'll see if her next tweet is so damning of "cyclists".

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racyrich [259 posts] 3 years ago
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Yeah. So a cyclist veers in front of them, a row ensues and he swipes off the wing mirror. And so rather than tweet about what arseholes cyclists are and what the prat did, you tweet you hit someone while drink driving. A very natural reaction. Not.

I don't believe a word either of these 2 girls says.

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arrieredupeleton [576 posts] 3 years ago
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It's sad that these lasses are becoming vain zombies living their life through 'social media', with their faces clued to a phone screen most the time. I think the whole thing de-sensitizes them to the real world. Ironic really.

Driving isn't some game Daisy, it's being responsible for a 1 tonne+ metal box that can easily quash people. Those people, there just the other side of the windscreen.

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jollygoodvelo [1468 posts] 3 years ago
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Joshmo wrote:
NorthEastJimmy wrote:

I actually hate this country! I'm embarrassed to be part of the cycling community and ashamed that I drive a car. We're all in a vicious circle of hatred that's never going to get resolved. When I can move abroad I will.

+1 wish everyone would just chill

Agreed.

A line should be drawn somewhere between a) monitoring Twitter for stupid people incriminating themselves and reporting them to the police, and b) packs of internet vigilantes tracking down stupid people for throwaway remarks and harassing/threatening them.

Yes, people say stupid things on Twitter. Me included (though if I ever did something illegal I wouldn't be saying it in public!). But the case of the pub landlord recently, and maybe this girl, suggests that 'amateurs' should not be taking the law into their own hands...

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TeamCC [146 posts] 3 years ago
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I used to say a bunch of stupid stuff when I was younger, thankfully no twitter or facebook around. Hopefully this is just a bad case of immaturity, we'll see what happens with the police investigation and if someone comes forward like last time.

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Puncheur-David [15 posts] 3 years ago
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cycling should become part of the driving test (tricycles allowed for those that can't ride on two wheels), that way all drivers will have a sense of the vulnerability of being on a bike in traffic.

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banzicyclist2 [299 posts] 3 years ago
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Words fail me  39

And for me that's saying something. I think putting want-to-be drivrrs on a bike ant them to ride through town appeals to me, but just how practical it would be ....... ?

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stuartp [68 posts] 3 years ago
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Lie, deny, cry

2 out of 3 so far?

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